St Peter’s Trust is unique in the UK in funding research on disorders that affect any part of the urinary tract from the kidney to the bladder to the urethra.

The Trust was established in 1970 to fund the research of the St Peters group of hospitals and the postgraduate Institute of Urology. When the clinical and research base was moved to University College London and the Royal Free Hospital in 2006, the Trust moved with them.

Please note, applications for May 2021 have now closed.

There will be a further grant round in autumn 2021 and we shall update you nearer the time.


  • Kidney disease – 5th largest cause of death
  • Prostate cancer – 30,000 diagnoses a year
  • Enlarged prostate – affects 50% of men by 50 years old
  • Cystitis – affects 3% of women every year
  • Diabetes – leads to kidney disease
  • Bladder malfunction – misery for many

Research in to practice

Research is the basis for progress and leads to new surgical, medical and genetic treatments. In the (nearly) half century of the Trust’s life, almost all of the treatments for urological and kidney diseases have radically changed or, at least, improved. Read more about current research projects.

Kidney stones

Kidney stones affect 12% of men and 5% of women by the age of 70.

This x-ray shows a stone in the kidney, showing as a white object to the right of the spine. This stone is about 15mm in diameter and therefore too large to pass by itself and is usually painful. To enable patients to get rid of the stone modern treatments disintegrate it without an operation.

Outcome of disintegration treatment

Modern treatment fragments the stone without surgery which will then pass naturally as dust.

Contact information

For St Peter’s Trust please use the general enquiry form
For Urology research please email
For Nephrology research please visit the UCL site

How we help

St Peter’s Trust funds Kidney Bladder & Prostate Research projects aimed at the translation of advances in the understanding of disease into changes to the way that patients are cared for.

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Our research projects

Research is the key to a cure. As technology advances new treatments and greater understanding of conditions is possible, providing patients with hope of a better future.

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Supporting St Peter’s Trust

Become a fundraiser for Kidney, Bladder & Prostate Research and help us find a cure.

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